The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Luke 2:16-21, Cycle A, January 1, 2023, Prayers of the Faithful

Sunday January 1, 2023 Cycle A

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Let us pray for healing in our Church. May divisive rhetoric become only words of forgiveness and endless hope for our future.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray to heal our lonely lives. May our Mother Mary ponder us in her heart with care for every human being. May we surrender to love upon her breast.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for women who have given birth. May we learn from mothers how to love and how to embrace the lowly in swaddling clothes of justice and peace.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray to consecrate our New Year’s resolutions in love for others. May we decide this year to serve the least among us. May our healthier lives serve those who long for real nourishment and shelter.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for a new rhythm of peace among us. May our actions bring harmony and not discord. May our words not put strangers down in shame. May our words only lift up those who suffer.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray to listen as Mary heard the angels. May we finally hear God more than our own cynical and fearful hearts. May our ears be attentive to joy and surprise.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray to examine our hearts in this new calendar year. May our regrets find healing. May we learn from past mistakes. May we embrace God-among-us to guide our future.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for our loved ones who have died. May we treasure those who have taught us how to love on earth. May our beloved find true home in heaven.

We pray to the Lord.

2 thoughts on “The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Luke 2:16-21, Cycle A, January 1, 2023, Prayers of the Faithful

  1. I pray that all people would read these prayers take them to heart. I cannot imagine what our world would be like at the end of next year. I believe there would be Peace, Love, Joy and we would all be singing with the Angels that are around us.
    Help us Lord to listen and act in the year to come.

  2. Day turns into night into day,
    A rhythmical pattern of time beats.
    So, too, is the ebb and flow of life.
    Like running water that never falls back,
    Each day tides its way towards Destiny.
    Meanwhile, make life happy with God.
    Discover the accidental miracles
    revealed in the unfamiliar,
    Listen to the Love Song He plays in our heart.
    For when light turns to dark to light,
    Today ends, forever gone!
    Just tomorrow’s yesterday.

    Happy New Year!
    Be well. Be Safe. Be Happy, Fr. Ron!

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